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Coin: Crown 1951 Festival of Britain
Description

These coins were struck to commemorate the Festival of Britain.

The Festival of Britain was a national exhibition which both commemorated the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851 and was to promote improvements in design for the post-war rebuilding of the country. The official opening was on 3 May 1951 but the exhibition was not in a single place, there were components around the country as well as touring exhibitions. The principal exhibition sites were the South Bank, London on the Thames near Waterloo Station; Poplar, East London (Architecture), Battersea Park (Festival Gardens), South Kensington (Science) and Kelvin Hall, Glasgow (Industrial Power).

All coins are "Prooflike" or "Proof".

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value5 (x Shilling) TypeCrown (St George, CuproNickel)
Year1951 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage2,003,540 (2.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 2,003,540 (2.0 million)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)39 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)28.2760
Obverse

Bare head of King George VI facing left; below neck in small letters, HP (T. Humphrey Paget); around above, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D:; around below, FIVE SHILLINGS.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: FIVE SHILLINGS
Reverse

St George on horseback advancing to right wearing a helmet and cape and holding a sword; below horse, fallen dragon with lance in its side; below exergue line at right the artist's initials B.P. (Benedetto Pistrucci); in exergue, 1951.

Reverse inscription1951
EdgeInscribed Edge inscriptionMDCCCLI CIVIUM INDUSTRIA FLORET CIVITAS MCMLI
Crown 1951 Festival of Britain: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Plain Edge) unknown (included in main number)
Frosted VIP Proof unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Matte Proof unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Crown 1951 Festival of Britain: Photos
Crown 1951 Festival of Britain: Photo Proof Coin - Crown, Festival of Britain, George VI, Great Britain, 1951
Proof Coin - Crown, Festival of Britain, George VI, Great Britain, 1951
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Crown 1951 Festival of Britain: Photo Proof Coin - Crown, Festival of Britain, George VI, Great Britain, 1951
Proof Coin - Crown, Festival of Britain, George VI, Great Britain, 1951
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Crown 1951 Festival of Britain: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 880
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4111
Davenport112A
Crown 1951 Festival of Britain: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proof, Frosted VIP Proof, Matte Proof
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Crown 1951 Festival of Britain: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1951 Matte Proof George VI British Crown (Festival of Britain) - Silveragecoins.com 1951 P/L George VI British Crown (Festival of Britain) - Silveragecoins.com
1951 P/L [box] George VI British Crown (Festival of Britain) - Silveragecoins.com 1951 VIP Proof George VI British Crown (Festival of Britain) - Silveragecoins.com
Crown 1951 Festival of Britain: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - Crown, Festival of Britain, George VI, Great Britain, 195
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